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Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Elliott Negin

If not for government-funded research and innovation, many corporations -- and individuals -- would not be as successful as they are, and a number of them wouldn't be in business at all.

Obama's Upside-Down Nuclear Weapons Policy

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

At the same time President Obama has been pressing for further reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, the National Nuclear Security Administration is planning to spend $60 billion over the next 25 years to replace existing nuclear weapons with a suite of new warheads.

Small Reactors, Big Hype

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

Nuclear power proponents pinning their hopes on small modular nuclear reactors to resurrect the industry's fortunes likely will be disappointed, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

The Oil & Gas Industry's Fractured Fairy Tales

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

A number of industries have been trying to exploit the jobless economic recovery by claiming they could create millions of jobs if the government would just get out of the way. The oil and gas industry is one of the worst offenders.

Dr. Barrasso Goes to Washington ... to Kill Federal Health Protections?

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Elliott Negin

What happened to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, the orthopedic surgeon who years ago pledged to respect "hard-won scientific gains" and "prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure"?

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, Protect Your Heart, and Save Billions of Dollars in Health Care Costs

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Elliott Negin

Does nine servings a day sound like a heavy lift? Well, consider this: If we ate just one more serving a day -- one banana or a large carrot -- we would save $5 billion annually in health care expenditures and prevent more than 30,000 heart-related deaths.

Attorneys General Fight for Public Access in Nuclear Issues

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

The Attorneys General of New York and Vermont have joined the fight against California's San Onofre nuclear power plant in an effort to stop federal regulators from erasing all record of a judicial ruling that the public has a right to intervene before major amendments are granted to an operating license.

Koch-Funded Climate Contrarians Make Mischief on Capitol Hill

Elliott Negin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With Congress about to head out of town for its summer recess, a Washington-based think tank is ramping up a campaign to foil any attempts to institute a tax on carbon emissions.

Dim and Dimmer: House Nixes Funding for Light Bulb Efficiency Enforcement (Again)

Elliott Negin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Burgess's amendment is more theater than anything else, given that U.S. lighting manufacturers are complying with the standards, enforcement funding or not.

826 Valencia's Student-Journalists on the Environment

826 Valencia | Posted 06.17.2013 | San Francisco
826 Valencia

The Valencia Bay-farer is 826 Valencia's only in-house newspaper written for students by students (ages 8 to 13). We hope you enjoy these articles.

Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.03.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

When it comes to climate, identifiable contrarian groups share the same goals as their corporate underwriters: sow doubt about the reality or seriousness of global warming, stifle government efforts to curb carbon emissions, and hinder the growth of renewable energy technologies.

Unreliable Sources 5: How the News Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Given the Heartland Institute's penchant for misrepresenting science, you would think reporters would be curious about who finances its work. You would be wrong.

Unreliable Sources 4: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Despite the fact that more journalists are now aware of the Koch brothers, many still miss the fact that Americans for Prosperity is just one of approximately 40 think tanks and advocacy groups the Kochs underwrite to promote their climate and energy agenda.

Unreliable Sources 3: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Despite the fact that ExxonMobil is still a significant contrarian funder, the flurry of media interest in the company's funding agenda sparked by UCS's exposé died down soon after its release and remains feeble to this day. What happened?

Unreliable Sources 2: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.15.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Part 2: To understand just how the fossil fuel industry has been laundering climate disinformation, there are few better places to start than with the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Too often the news media have provided a platform for fossil fuel industry-funded think tanks and advocacy groups to make spurious claims about global warming and renewable energy and allowed them to pass themselves off as disinterested parties promoting free markets and limited government.

Coastal Cities Confront Global Warming-Induced Sea Level Rise

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

Rising sea level is what linked Sandy directly to global warming. Over the last century, the ocean off the New York coast rose 13 to 16 inches, making flooding from Sandy a lot worse.

Rex & Me: The Charlie Rose Show You Should Have Seen Last Friday

Elliott Negin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

PBS's Charlie Rose failed to grill ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson on his company's role in blocking efforts to address global warming, so Huffington Post contributor Elliott Negin intervened.

'Nemo' And Climate Change

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.08.2013 | Green

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted an informative breakdown on the connections between the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast and th...

Who Grows Our Food: Clovercrest Farm's Steve Morrison

Ellen Kanner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Organic is how Morrison eats. "When I was growing up, my mother produced all the vegetables we ever ate. She put a lot of food by for the winter, canning and freezing." He and his wife Sonja keep that tradition alive for themselves and Morrison's three daughters. "We don't have much occasion to eat food that isn't organic."

Memo to Neil Young: Higher MPG Standards Are a Good Thing

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

Don't let it bring you down, Mr. Young. Indulge me a bit. Let me explain just what these new standards will accomplish and how some complementary policies -- including cutting U.S. oil use in half -- would help us, as you termed it, "get real on carbon."

Meatless Monday: It's the Thought That Counts -- Human Rights Day and Terra Madre Day

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Deciding what to eat is complicated enough without considering the issues of human rights and global versus local. The fact is, though, we are a community, one big, not always happy family, and we all have to eat. When you connect the dots, it's a straight line from how we choose to live to what we choose to eat.

Koch Brothers Fund Bogus Studies to Kill Renewable Energy

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

You can say one thing about the Koch brothers: They don't let the facts get in their way. But the truth about renewable electricity standards is that they have not significantly increased rates. In some cases, rates have even dropped a bit.

Coal Industry Faces Economic Reality

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Elliott Negin

The "war on coal" mantra was repeated ad nauseum during the campaign season. The only problem with it, as a number of recent studies have pointed out, is the coal industry's woes are largely due to low natural gas prices and the rising cost of mining--not government regulations.

Are Nuclear Plants Safe in Hurricanes? Incident During Sandy Suggests They May Not Be

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Sandy did not kill hundreds -- as Hurricane Katrina did in New Orleans in 2005 -- thanks, in part, to timely evacuations and rescue efforts. And luckily, it did not trigger an even greater disaster at one of the region's nuclear power plants. But it could have.